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Kaoru Azuma from Japan

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Kaoru Azuma was born and raised in Osaka, Japan, and has been singing professionally for five years. She started her career as a singer in a jazz bar at her junior college year. After her graduation, she began her professional career through singing in prestigious jazz clubs and hotels in Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and other parts of Japan. In 2000, she won a prize of Kobe Jazz Vocal Queen Contest. She realized that to get to the heart of the music, to understand the culture in which it was born and to master the nuances of the language, she had to coutinue her studies in New York City, the capital of jazz. In 2003, Kaoru enrolledn in the jazz studies program at the City College of New York, where she became immersed in the study of jazz theory, history, arranging, English diction, improvisation and vocal technique. The melting pot of New York City changed her profoundly; according to Kaoru "it opened my mind and let me know who I am." She discovered herself and had a story to tell through her music. After receiving her BFA degree from City College, Kaoru began performing in clubs around New York , but the needs of her family have dran her back to Osaka. Kaoru's 2nd CD, "Footprints in New York," is her dedication and farewell to the city that taught her so much about American jazz. Her selection are primarily compositions associated with the great jazz masters. This CD has been released in the U.S. and Japan in July 2008. Her CD release summer tour 2008 had held in Japan with musicians from New York. She has been featuring on the radio and magazine in Japan. She will also continue to develop her currier as a teacher in Japan. Kaoru's website Myspace You can purchace her CD @ CD Baby Amazon.com iTunes store

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"Footprints in New York" by Kaoru Azuma (Jazz Artist from Japan)
POSTED BY: momof5pacs POSTED ON: 11 Dec 2008 08:38 PM
RadioIndy is pleased to present Kaoru Azuma with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Footprints in New York"

"Footprints in New York" by Kaoru Azuma is a fantastic modern jazz album brought to life by a talented jazz vocalist. Kaoru, though born in Osaka, Japan, has honed her craft as an American singer and will leave you feeling musically satisfied and pleasantly soothed. She has certainly made her way around the New York jazz scene and her experience and poise shines through on her smooth, graceful vocal performances. The musicians behind her are certainly no slouches either. The performances are solid and the arrangements are creative, lively, well-layered, and compliment the vocals well. The album is well-produced, reflecting a perfect balance of instrumentation and vocals, and illuminates a sound that is very crisp and smooth. "High Wire" opens things up with a haunting vocal intro and evolves into an upbeat performance, both in the arrangement and in the vocal performance. "Footprints" invokes images of a smoky, low-lit room and features a great tandem between Kaoru's voice and the trombone. This track is fantastically heavy on the mood. "Turn Out The Stars" wraps things up with nice piano progressions that gives the hint of closure and an intimate vocal performance from Kaoru. This album will leave any lover of crafty and soul-filled modern jazz wanting more.-William
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RadioIndy Reviews: Footprints in New York by Kaoru Azuma
POSTED BY: Babbbullon POSTED ON: 24 Sep 2008 07:52 AM
"Footprints in New York" by Kaoru Azuma is a fantastic modern jazz album brought to life by a talented jazz vocalist. Kaoru, though born in Osaka, Japan, has honed her craft as an American singer and will leave you feeling musically satisfied and pleasantly soothed. She has certainly made her way around the New York jazz scene and her experience and poise shines through on her smooth, graceful vocal performances. The musicians behind her are certainly no slouches either. The performances are solid and the arrangements are creative, lively, well-layered, and compliment the vocals well. The album is well-produced, reflecting a perfect balance of instrumentation and vocals, and illuminates a sound that is very crisp and smooth. "High Wire" opens things up with a haunting vocal intro and evolves into an upbeat performance, both in the arrangement and in the vocal performance. "Footprints" invokes images of a smoky, low-lit room and features a great tandem between Kaoru's voice and the trombone. This track is fantastically heavy on the mood. "Turn Out The Stars" wraps things up with nice piano progressions that gives the hint of closure and an intimate vocal performance from Kaoru. This album will leave any lover of crafty and soul-filled modern jazz wanting more.
-William & the RadioIndy.com Review Team
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